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Collective Impact: From Common Goals to Uncommon Results

Thursday, October 4, 2018 -
10:00am to 12:00pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360 | San Francisco, CA 94105
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Collective Impact is one of those buzzwords that you often hear in our sector. Since the publication of the article Collective Impact in the winter 2011 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this framework for successful cross-sector collaboration has been used to address a plethora of complex issues. But while many collective impact efforts have reported achieving positive results through their work, and have a personal, intuitive understanding of why this approach to collaboration has enabled positive progress in communities, there has not until recently been a methodologically rigorous study of the approach’s impact across multiple efforts on multiple social issues. 

Join us for a session with Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director of the Collective Impact Forum - an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, who will provide a refresher on the core elements of collective impact, and lead us through a discussion on the findings and implications from the recent in-depth research study When Collective Impact Has Impact: A Cross-Site Study of 25 Collective Impact Initiatives.

Join Us To:

  • Learn how the collective impact framework brings people and sectors together in a structured process that can lead to positive outcomes,
  • Hear what population level, systems change, and early outcomes were found across the participating initiatives,
  • Explore how implementation of the collective impact approach contributed to outcomes, and
  • Understand how embedding an equity approach contributed to equity results within their work.

We will also hear from three local leaders about their experiences of collective impact efforts:


Sheryl Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission

Sheryl Evans Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC). Director Davis previously served as Commissioner between 2011 and 2016, including a tenure as Vice Chair of the Commission.

Prior to joining the HRC, Director Davis was Executive Director of Collective Impact, a community-based organization in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. As Executive Director, she oversaw Mo’MAGIC, Magic Zone, and the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center. Mo’MAGIC, a collaborative of non-profit organizations, addresses challenges facing low-income children, youth and families in the areas of economic development, community health, and violence prevention. Magic Zone provides education and wraparound services to K-12 students and transitional aged youth. The Ella Hill Hutch Community Center provides community-building services and workforce development opportunities to neighborhood residents. During her tenure at Collective Impact, Director Davis forged private and public sector partnerships to provide critical health and social services to historically underserved communities across San Francisco.  

Director Davis has also served on the SFPD Fair & Impartial Policing and Community Policing Advisory Committees, Fillmore Community Benefits District, and Redevelopment Agency's Western Addition Citizen Advisory Committee. She holds a BA degree from San Francisco State University and Master's in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director, Collective Impact Forum

Jennifer Splansky Juster has over 15 years of social sector leadership experience, including advising foundations, NGOs, and partnerships on issues related to strategy, evaluation, and the design of collective impact initiatives. She is the executive director of the field-building initiative Collective Impact Forum and has worked on multiple collective impact engagements, designed training opportunities for collective impact practitioners, and frequently speaks on the topic. Jennifer has co-authored multiple publications on collective impact, including the report Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact and the articles “Committing to Collective Impact: From Vision to Implementation” and “Essential Mindset Shifts for Collective Impact.” Over the course of her career, Jennifer has also worked with a range of foundations, nonprofits, government agencies, and corporations across sectors on issues of strategy, evaluation, and program design. Former clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Girard College, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Silicon Valley ALLIES.

Ellie Rossiter, Initiative Officer, The San Francisco Foundation

Ellie Rossiter brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial, for-profit business management, as well as non-profit social justice organizational management to her current position as initiative officer at The San Francisco Foundation and director of The Partnership for HOPE SF, an initiative which creates opportunities for residents who live in San Francisco’s most distressed public housing. Prior to this position, Ellie was the executive director of Parents for Public Schools, a non-profit community based organization that engages parents from all backgrounds and neighborhoods across San Francisco in advocating for quality public education.  Ellie is passionate about strategic, collaborative processes, supporting youth and their families, developing community leaders, and building strong, diverse communities.  She has a degree in finance from the University of Oregon.  Her two children, who are 5th generation San Franciscans, attend public schools in San Francisco.

Jeff Sunshine, Program Officer and Manager, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Jeff Sunshine joined the Packard Foundation in 2007. He is a program officer and manager of the early learning and after-school and summer enrichment grantmaking portfolios in the Children, Families, and Communities program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jeff was director of programs at Community Foundation Silicon Valley overseeing its domestic and global grantmaking activities and initiatives. He also served as the executive director of the Volunteer Center of Alameda County and as director of volunteer programs for the Archdiocese of the City and County of San Francisco. Jeff is trained as a special education teacher and as a mental health clinician. He practiced as a family therapist for fifteen years both in Boston and in the Bay Area. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in education from State University of New York at Buffalo, an Ed.M. in counseling psychology from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in human and organization development and public policy from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara.

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This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.  If you are not a NCG member, please email to register. 

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